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Work Plan for 2010‐2011: Action to Achieve ‘Better than Business as Usual’ During 2011

The Work Plan describes the activities through October 2011 that help implement North Texas 2050 (NT2050), when Vision North Texas will hold its annual Summit. For each heading, you can click on it to expand and reveal a list of items:

Regionwide Plans and Policies

8. Transportation-Related Activities

  1. Regional coordination of local governments and Independent School Districts to examine best practices and institutional processes to promote sustainable neighborhoods.

School location choice and the related planning decisions have significant impacts on housing, transportation, health, and quality of the environment. Neighborhood schools located in the centers of communities or along well connected street networks, with bike and pedestrian connections between schools and neighborhoods, encourage students to walk or bike to school more, reducing peak hour traffic congestion, improve air quality, and health of children. Current school location trends in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area not only further fragment communities, but limit walking and biking to school, increase congestion along major thoroughfares which increases commute times and air quality degradation, and promote sprawl.

NCTCOG staff has identified the need for further analysis and coordination related to the impacts of school locations on land use, transportation and air quality. NCTCOG staff has conducted preliminary GIS Analysis to identify the schools locations on arterials in the region. Independent School Districts (ISD) can be located within multiple cities and one city may have multiple ISD’s within its boundaries. There is a need for coordination between ISDs and local governments to coordinate on various inter-related issues such as school timings, traffic flow, growth projections, demographics, and land availability.

As a pilot project, NCTCOG staff has coordinated with the City of McKinney and McKinney ISD on the school location project. NCTCOG staff has prepared a questionnaire and conducted interviews with the City of McKinney and McKinney ISD staff. The coordination and interviews identified various issues related to the need for coordination and exchange of information on growth projections, land acquisition, need for long range planning, and coordination on traffic access, safety, and enforcement. NCTCOG is finalizing results with the City and the ISD input, work will be completed by the end of 2011.

  1. Public Infrastructure improvements to support transit and/or development and in-fill development in areas of environmental justice concern.

The NCTCOG’s Sustainable Development Funding Program was created by its policy body, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), to encourage public/private partnerships that positively enhance existing transportation system capacity, rail access, air quality concerns, and/or mixed land uses. The program provides additional points to the projects located in the areas with environmental justice concern. By allocating transportation funds to land use projects promoting alternative transportation modes or reduced automobile use, NCTCOG and its regional partners are working to address escalating air quality, congestion and quality of life issues with special focus on infill and the areas with higher concentration of economically disadvantaged populations.

Three Calls for Projects were conducted in 2001, 2006, and 2010 to fund sustainable Infrastructure, Landbanking, and Planning projects. Sustainable development projects of approximately $124 million were selected for funding through the program with additional local match contributions of $31 million from local governments and private sector. NCTCOG funded $2.8M to the City of Dallas towards the Fiji/Compton Sustainable Development Infrastructure project through the Sustainable Development Funding Program in 2006 with a City’s local match of approximately $702,000. NCTCOG staff has coordinated with the City of Dallas and executed an agreement with the City and City has a contract in place with the developer. Phase 1 of the vertical development to include senior housing is complete and an inaugural ceremony was held. NCTCOG staff held various meetings with the City, DART and the developer to coordinate on the progress of this project and the infrastructure construction is underway and is in the final stages.

  1. Creation of infill and redevelopment tools and strategies.

The new wave of sustainable economic development focuses on promoting businesses, industries, and real estate development through infill, revitalization, and redevelopment. In the climate of depleting economic sources and limited conventional lenders, innovative financial tools are critical to realize the economic goals of communities while preserving valuable non-renewable resources. Sales tax and property tax are the primary sources of local government funding. Beyond using local tax revenue to encourage or subsidize a targeted business, there are several state and federal programs that aim to encourage infill and redevelopment. Staff has finalized information on financial tools and strategies and has created an online resource including various development financial tools. The online resource is available at: www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev/landuse/econdev.asp

  1. Rural County land use and growth scenario planning.

NCTCOG staff conducted the Hunt County Land Use and Thoroughfare Plan in April 2009 through a collaboration with the Hunt County Transportation Committee. In addition to a thoroughfare needs assessment, project deliverables include smart growth and corridor revitalization strategies, land use best practices, form based codes, demographic projections, and a general trail and bike master approach. The plan is in final editing and the results will be presented to the public for review and comment in late January 2012.

  1. Coordination of community group and stakeholder involvement of context sensitive design and thoroughfare projects.

NCTCOG funded the Garland Road Vision Study through the 2005-2006 Sustainable Development Call for Projects. The purpose of the study was to create a land use and transportation circulation vision for the Garland Road corridor in Dallas, and develop strategies for neighborhood preservation, economic development, corridor beautification, and pedestrian amenities. The Garland Road Vision Study is complete. The final document is available online and the document was approved by the Dallas City Council in February 2011.

[link to final report on Transportation website or as free-standing pdf (see document sent via ftp)]

NCTCOG is also helping facilitate planning efforts for the revitalization of the East Rosedale corridor in Fort Worth. Planning initiatives include thoroughfare planning and public participation to plan and implement sustainable land use and transportation strategies throughout the corridor. Redevelopment strategies are being finalized for the East Rosedale corridor, and funding is in place to reconstruct the roadway and add pedestrian amenities and landscaping to enhance the pedestrian environment.

  1. Creation of regional templates and guidelines for on-street bicycle facilities.

The City of Dallas 2011 Bike Plan was adopted unanimously in June 2011. As part of the Dallas Bike Plan, a regional template for on-street bicycle facilities was developed. NCTCOG Transportation staff used the regional template as a base for the development of a regional bicycle and pedestrian design guide. The guide is currently in draft format and will be presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) at the November 16, 2011 meeting for review and comment. A final version of the document will be provided to the BPAC at the February 15, 2012 meeting for approval. The guide is meant to complement the NCTCOG Complete Streets Policy Statement being presented for BPAC approval at the November 16, 2011 meeting, and for Regional Transportation Council (RTC) action in January 2012.

The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan includes recommendations for over 800 miles of on-street bicycle facilities and over 300 miles of off-street bicycle facility connections including over 130 miles of inter-jurisdictional connections, representing 1,300 miles of interconnected bicycle facilities at full build-out. The Regional Veloweb includes 1,668 miles of recommended off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities including 237 miles existing, 31 miles funded, and 1,400 miles planned, linking 116 cities and 10 counties within the North Central Texas region.

The design template will provide guidance for communities interested in developing on- and off-street bicycle facilities.

  1. Housing and market analysis for redevelopment and mixed use development opportunities.

NCTCOG continues to work with cities that were awarded Sustainable Development planning grants. Staff worked with the City of Richland Hills to procure the consultant, URS, to conduct a Transit Oriented Redevelopment study of the TRE Richland Hills station area. The study contained a market analysis of the area with projections of future redevelopment potential. The study can be found at www.nctcog.org/SDplanningprojects .

Currently a TOD plan for the City of Burleson is in the final editing stage. One of the study’s components is a housing and market analysis of the TOD potential around the future Cleburne Rail Line station in Burleson. The study provided opportunities and limitations to determine the area’s market and economy. This work will go into a general template/guideline of how to develop small area economic analysis that other jurisdictions will be able to utilize for planning and economic development purposes.



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